Iraq

  • UN: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July 18 hours 33 minutes ago

    Baghdad: More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said on Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni militants swept across much of the country. The UN mission to Iraq said in...
  • Indian nurses who survived Iraq look for jobs in Gulf 3 days ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: Less than four weeks after Sunni insurgents freed them in Iraq, the nurses who returned home after days of terror are already looking for new jobs in the Middle East. But none of the 46 women, including one from Tamil Nadu, wants to return to Iraq, a country now caught...
  • Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17 4 days ago

    London: Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president Tim Clark said on Monday. Almost 300 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died when it came down in eastern Ukraine nearly two weeks ago, with Washington...
  • ISIS jihadists order genital mutilation of all women in Iraq 6 days ago

    Geneva: Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said on Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock,...
  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency July 24, 2014

    Baghdad: Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq on Thursday, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said must be inclusive for the country to survive. A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by...
  • India rescues 58 more nurses from troubled Iraq July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India has rescued 58 Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses who were in the control of the Sunni jihadists in Tikrit. Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were "brought out through the land route"...
  • Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people July 21, 2014

    Baghdad: Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said on Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control. In one of the attacks, mortar rounds rained down on Shiite neighbourhoods...
  • Islamic State group claims Baghdad bombings July 20, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad which were among a string of attacks that left at least 27 people dead. The jihadi group has spearheaded the Sunni militant blitz over the past five weeks that has overrun much of northern and western Iraq....
  • Christians flee jihadist ultimatum in Iraq's Mosul July 19, 2014

    Kirkuk (Iraq): Hundreds of Christian families abandoned homes in Mosul to jihadist gunmen on Saturday as they fled an ultimatum threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city. An AFP correspondent in Mosul, the main Iraqi hub of the Islamic State (IS) group's proclaimed "caliphate", said Christians were squeezing...
  • Iraq crisis: 36 Indian nationals reach Kerala July 18, 2014

    Kochi: Another batch of 36 Indians, including 21 nurses, arrived early on Friday from strife-torn Iraq, officials said. The 36 Indians, all Keralites arrived here from Dubai. While three of the nurses were working in General Hospital at Kirkuk in Kurdistan, in Iraq, 18 were employed with Azadi Teaching Hospital at...
  • Unesco draws action plan to safeguard Iraqi heritage July 18, 2014

    Paris: Concerned about illicit excavation of archaeological sites and trafficking of artefacts in conflict-torn Iraq, Unesco on Friday said cultural heritage experts have agreed on an "emergency response action plan" to safeguard the country's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The plan, held in consultation with Iraqi and international cultural heritage experts,...
  • Iraq president to return from 18-month medical exile July 18, 2014

    Sulaimaniyah: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany for medical treatment since December 2012, will return home on Saturday, his party said in a statement. "President Talabani is coming home on Saturday July 19 after receiving successful health treatment in brotherly Germany," the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan statement said...
  • Indian youths joining ISIS, a disturbing development: BJP MP July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Alarmed by reports of some Indian youths visiting Iraq to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a BJP member in the Lok Sabha on Friday wanted urgent steps to sternly deal with the issue. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Yogi Adityanath said reports that four...
  • Government closely monitoring Iraq situation: Arun Jaitley July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said it is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and will calibrate policy response to cope with it. "The turmoil in Iraq has the potential to have an impact on international prices of oil. The government closely monitors the emerging situation and calibrates appropriate policy...
  • Iraq crisis: 175 more Indians to reach home on Thursday July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Another batch of 175 Indian nationals will reach on Thursday from conflict-hit Iraq even as the number of Indians to be evacuated from that country will be 3000 in next few days. "Another Special Flight coming from Iraq! Approximately 175 Indians to depart Najaf late tonight; will reach Delhi...
  • Missing Mumbai men left by Etihad flight, tickets purchased in cash: ATS sources July 16, 2014

    Mumbai: There's been a little headway in the case of the four missing Mumbai men with investigation revealing that the four men left on May 25 at 5 am by Etihad flight, said sources in the Anti-Terrorism Squad on Wednesday. Sources added that the tickets were purchased in cash and they...
  • Probe doesn't reveal if missing Mumbai men joined ISIL: sources July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday received a report from the Maharashtra government listing all the details of the four missing men but the investigation has not yet confirmed the reports of their joining Iraq-based outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, say sources. The police had questioned...
  • West Bengal: 27 Indians return from Iraq jobless, hounded by moneylenders July 15, 2014

    Nadia: The Iraq war has hit India. Even as 39 Indians remain in captivity in Mosul, thousands are hoping to come home. But heavily in debt, many of them are worried about what they're returning to. Twenty-seven men have returned to West Bengal's Nadia - jobless and being hounded by...
  • UN Security Council authorises cross-border aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other July 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival Sunni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that seized much of the north and west of the country. The incident points to an intensification of infighting between the...
  • Mumbai Police quizzes families of 4 men believed to have joined ISIL July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Police is on high alert after four men from the city are believed to have joined the Iraqi extremist group - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The police have questioned families of the missing youth. A report has been submitted to the...
  • Uddhav asks government to step-in on report of youths joining ISIS July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to act on a media report that four youths from the region are believed to have joined militants in Iraq. "The newspaper report is a very serious issue and the state government should take appropriate action in the matter....
  • MHA seeks report from Maharashtra government on 4 men joining ISIL July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The Ministry of Home Affairs Affairs on Monday sought report from the Maharashtra government on media reports of four Mumbai men going to Iraq to fight on behalf of Iraq-based outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The report sought facts of the case and action taken so...
  • Kurds seize Iraq oilfields, ministers pull out of government July 12, 2014

    Baghdad / Kirkuk: Kurdish forces seized two oilfields in northern Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil company on Friday, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government. The moves escalated a feud between the Shi'ite-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region driven...
  • Iraq crisis: Families of abducted Indians meet Punjab CM, MEA says all safe July 11, 2014

    The families of 39 Indians who are in still in ISIS captivity on Friday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh. Frustrated over the lack of information from both the Punjab government and the Centre, the families said that they last heard from their relatives in Iraq who...
  • News 360: Government brings TRAI Bill to appoint of PM's principal secretary July 11, 2014

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday slammed the opposition parties for their remarks over the appointment of Nripendra Mishra saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the right to choose his staff. The BJP and the Congress are set for a face-off over the appointment of the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary...
  • Iraq crisis: 39 Indians in Mosul are safe, says MEA July 11, 2014

    Ministry of External Affair spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said, "I can confirm that we have had through interlocutors a contact with Indians in captivity Information we have got and they are unharmed but remain in captivity." ...
  • Punjab: Familes of 39 Indians protest to bring back relatives from Iraq July 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: Tense families of the 39 youth from Punjab who are in ISIS captivity in Iraq are more are holding a protest in Chandigarh. The relatives of the stranded Indians met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday. They have claimed that the government is not doing enough to bring...
  • Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site July 9, 2014

    United Nations: Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq's UN...
  • 200 Indians to return from Iraq on Wednesday: MEA July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that plane carrying 200 Indian nationals will arrive in the nation capital from Najaf on Wednesday. The Indian nationals are currently housed in accommodation provided by the Indian embassy. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Evacuation of Indians from non-conflict zones...